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A Japanese -born, New York-based Artist




ARTIST STATEMENT
I make a site-specific interactive light installation to connect people. I use a Japanese homophone and the latest technology to create visual sculptures for the public to interact with and share a moment of discovery.

In Japanese - Chinese characters, the word is pronounced similarly to others, but its purpose differs. I use it to reveal latent meanings to arbitrate structure rules to conceptualize the installation and use technology to let the public perceive the hidden meaning.

In my ongoing projects, SEI, EN, MI, and GO, I continue to examine the relationship between minimalistic structure, human connection, and create an experiential environment for the audience to interact. My inspiration comes from living in two opposite worlds: East and West, non-physical, physical, invisible-visible, latest technology, minimalism, Japanese philosophy, Zen, Taoism, visual content, light design, and experimental sound.

BIO
CHIKA is a Japanese born New York-based artist who works in light sculptures, audiovisual performances, and technology.

Her experience working as a real-time visual artist, VJ with experimental sound composers, 8-bit musicians, and club DJs, experimenting with improvisational communication with an audience in real-time, one-way communication to public audiences highly influence her desire to connect them to her installation directory through interactive technology. Her interest in the medium changed along with technological evolution from Photography, Graphic Design, VJing, Projection-Mapping, to Light Sculpture.

She received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts and her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. As an educator, she is the founder of a projection mapping and LED pixel mapping workshop, Mappathon™, teaching mapping techniques and technology, from conceptualizing to finalizing the installation, and artist development through her practice.

Since 2017, She has been a Paseo festival advisory council and a Designers-in-Resident at New York Hall of Science in 2020. She was a Visible Future Lab resident at the School of Visual Arts in 2019, New Media resident at Mana Contemporary in 2018, Harvestworks workspace resident, Elsewhere artist resident in 2017, Bronx Museum AIM program, Laboratory resident, BRIC Media arts fellow, Triangle workshop resident in 2016, Made in NY Media Center by IFP resident in 2015, Eyebeam Spring Summer resident in 2013, IAC teaching and research fellow and ITP research resident in 2012 and Experimental TV Center resident in 2009.

Her work has been shown in the US as well as numerous international venues and festivals. Some sites include the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design, NY Hall of Science, Bronx Museum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Hammer Museum ( San Francisco ), San Francisco Art Institute ( San Francisco ), Centre d ’Art Contempo Rain ( Geneva ), Museo Regional de Guadalajara ( Mexico ), Matador Madrid ( Madrid ), International Biennial Contemporary Art ULA-2 (Venezuela), Mapping Festival ( Geneva ), Mute ( Montreal ), Dumbo Art Festival, World of Light ( Los Angeles ), and Arcadia Earth, amongst others.







ARTIST CV






EDUCATION
MPS     
BFA      






RESIDENCIES
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2013
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FELLOWSHIPS
2016
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AWARDS
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RESEARCH
2016  


GRANT & FUND
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ITP, New York University NY, USA
School of Visual Arts NY, USA







NYSCI Designers-in-Residency  NY, USA
VFL Residency NY, USA
Mana Contemporary NJ, USA
Hervestworks Workspace Residency NY, USA
Elsewhere Artist Residency NY, USA
The Bronx Museum AIM Program Residency NY, USA
Laboratory Residency WA, USA
Triangle Workshop Residency NY, USA
Made in NY Media Center by IFP Residency NY, USA
Eyebeam Spring Summer Residency NY, USA
Experimental TV Center Residency NY, USA


BRIC Media Arts Fellowship NY, USA
IAC Teaching and Research Fellowship NY, USA
ITP, New York University Fellowship NY, USA


Rhodes Family Award, School of Visual Arts NY, USA



Metropolitan Museum Media Lab Researcher NY, USA



New Mexico Art Fund NM, USA
The Manhattan Community Arts Fund NY, USA
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants NY, USA
NYSCA Electronic Media & Film Presentation Funds NY, USA















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VISITING ARTIST
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Potion Design NY, USA
Parsons School of Design NY, USA
Universidad del Desarrollo Santiago, Chile
Hervestworks NY, USA
PMAJ TOKYO. JP
Ramapo Collage NJ, USA Carrot Creative NY, USA
Campus Party Guadalajara, MX
Spokane WAM WA, USA FIMA Morelia, MX
PMJA TOKYO, JP
Pecha Kucha Taos NM, USA
Zuyd University NY, USA Huge NY, USA
Japan Foundation NY, USA
ITP, NYU NY, USA NYU Gallatin School NY, USA
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering NY, USA
Mappi Festival, Museo de la ciudad Quito, EC
The Very First Year: Pecha kucha, Eyebeam NY, USA
ESI Design NY, USA
Apple Store TOKYO, JP
Wiki-Sprint Mapping Festival, Geneva, CH



Universidad del Desarrollo Santiago, CL
Ramapo College of New Jersey NJ, US
University of North Texas TX, USA


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